Tasting: February 7, 2017 Style: American Double / Imperial Stout Beer #: 1,036 ABV: 11.5%
The family recently spent a walking around day in New York City. Primarily to meet up with a visiting relative from Wales but of course, we each had our own side agenda. The kids were thrilled to be playing Pokemon Go and I was happy to search for a decent beer store in the general vicinity. This time, I discovered the Urban Barley Beer Market on 6th Avenue. Not a sizable place, probably the equivalent of one aisle at a suburban beer store. Good selection. Almost fainted at the prices. A single can of Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy – 97 Points was $20. I was interested to find some Grimm IPA but this was all the Grimm the shop had. This bomber-sized bottle was $20.
Opened a few weeks later on a cold winter’s night. I am hopeful as I have a second bottle that I picked up a week later. That one was half the price at Cable Beverage.
Sumi Zest hits the ground running with a chalky fudge. Also carries some off-flavors underneath. The label says orange zest, I think Banana. Watery, Fizzy and acrid. Not much vanilla. Layer some coffee over that odd flavor. 84 points. Not a fan. Anyone interested in a bottle?
Seems like I shouldn’t be surprised when it comes to beer prices. Yet, the price of this barrel-aged version of Ten Fidy caught me off guard. When the clerk told me there was a limit of four, the old me almost blurted out “I’ll take four.” Because I’m on a budget these days, the new me sensibly asked the price. At $12 each, I compromised with my old self and left the store with two.
These are called stove pipe cans and this is the first one I’ve seen. I can’t think of anyone else using this format but I like it. They check in at a whopping 19.2 ounces and at first glance hard to differentiate it from a 16 ounce can. Thought the alcohol by volume is 10.5% since that is the source of the name but that was another surprise.
Someone made the suggestion to come to my conclusion up front and then validate the reasons. That feels a little weird. In conclusion, Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy gets 97 points. To validate, Barrel Aged Ten Fidy is a massive beer with unbelievable complexity and balance. Seems like they’ve fired on all cylinders with a nice melding of rich chocolate, vanilla, oak, raisin and a slightly warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is perfect and sticky. I wish I bought four.
Tasting: October 8, 2011 Style: Imperial Stout Ten Fidy
In a broad brush statement, men are great at re-quoting clever lines from movies or TV shows and interjecting them in normal conversation. I’m not sure where the phrase “fidy” originated – but I recall it was notably used in an episode of South Park. If I remember correctly, it was Chef’s father who kept saying that the Loch Ness monster wanted to borrow three-fidy. It left an impression and I’ve re-purposed “fidy” on many occasions since.
I guess I wasn’t the only one. With Ten Fidy, the fidy does stand for fifty and represents the alcohol by volume (ABV) of 10.50%. Therefore, Ten Fidy. Also worth mentioning, I love the slogan for this beer, “cross-eyed, cyclopean concupiscent”. This basically calls this stout a lusting oaf that can’t see straight. Sounds like 2:00 a.m. at any club. This imperial stout also boasts an IBU of 98. As mentioned in previous posts — sometimes IBU doesn’t solely come hops. With stout, the bitterness comes from the roasted grain — like coffee.
Pouring it out of the twelve ounce can is pretty cool, looks like very dirty motor oil. Alcohol, chocolate and coffee on the nose in that order. Really nice thick mouthfeel. Creamy dark chocolate dominates chicory, roasted malt and raisin. It finishes a little funky with a lingering chicory and fizzy alcohol burn. Up front — world class, on the back end — third class. On the whole, still worthy of 88 points.